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Are text messages considered a contract for a freelance video director to use when a client wont pay by specified date or at all?

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 17th, 2017 on Contracts - New York
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What needs to be explicitily stated by the Client and by the freelancer? I made a music video for a local artist who wont pay me the remainder of our agreed upon price after he already approved the video and briefly released it. He wont answer calls or texts and is giving me the run around saying he wants more shoots and doesnt want to pay the full price Also does the Freelancer Wage Theft Protections that has been passed cover this small claims case he currently owes me $350.00
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Answered on Mar 18th, 2017 at 7:29 AM

Texts can be a contract if there is an offer that is complete, and an acceptance that is clear.  $350 is small claims.  So you can sue yourself.

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Most people and business enter into contracts on almost a daily basis. Simply put, a contract is a legally binding agreement between two parties. One party makes an offer to do something in exchange for "consideration," or payment, and the other party accepts that offer. Contacts can be verbal, in writing or even implied. Some contracts--such as signed credit card receipts--are very simple. Others--such as those used to buy or sell real estate--are far more complicated. If you are entering into a complex transaction, it pays to hire a contract law attorney as early as possible in the process. Your lawyer can help negotiate the terms and conditions of the agreement, then draft the contract or review the contract that has been presented to you. Law firms with experience in contract law can also defend you if you or your company has been accused of breaching a contract, or if you need assistance enforcing a existing contract.
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